Many holy books and religious items may not just be thrown away but, may have to be buried if they are no longer needed nor used. In Hebrew, the term for these items is shemot. Others refer to the items as sheimos. We will bury shemot only according to our policy.

In each case, we request that the individual/organization verify in writing that the books or items are of a religious nature and require burial. We ask that they provide such a letter upon delivery of the items to the cemetery. All materials must be boxed in cardboard cartons and sealed. The items should be boxed so that the packages may easily be stacked. Boxes should be no larger than 3 feet square and 2 feet deep. The Contents should be indicated on the box.

 Charges for the burials will be $50 (plus tax) for the first box and $10 (plus tax) for each additional box.

Arrangements must be made in advance with cemetery staff to ensure that someone is on hand to receive the items. The institution or an individual is responsible for bringing the items to the cemetery. Payment for the shemot burials shall be made by cheque payable to Toronto Hebrew Memorial Parks and must be presented at the time of delivery. Invoices will be issued on request.

For more information, please call our office at 416.635.5595 or contact us at

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